Sunday, June 25, 2017

Kenny's graduation

So hard to believe that my baby boy has graduated.  This kid is amazing not only is he a high school star athlete that has accomplished every sports goal he had in high school.  He is also is a brain.  Graduated High honors, 45th in his class of 386 within top 17% of his class over a year of college behind him and an advanced regents diploma (did more then he needed to graduate)  All well also being a three season athlete which many don't do, maybe 10% of high school athletes play all seasons.  He makes me proud to call him mine.

On the way to graduation was learning to use new camera
 Graduates walking into be seated it was ironic he got to walk in next to one of his best friends
 Picture after walking across stage
 With his very best friends these kids have no clue what they are going to do after this summer they have been in every single class together since 4th grade, they have never not had a class together

 I love this picture after rehearsal and senior walk about 20 of them decorated their caps together
 These two have become great friends since high school.  Another pair I have no clue how they are going to get along with out each other.  He leaves for the air force on July 11th Kenny already misses him.
 Grabs the camera from me and takes a selfie of course with his eyes closed we have to take 3-5 pictures of him always and hope we get one with his eyes open
 The non-girl friend, girl friend as I call her.  They broke up in February but nothing has changed from when they were dating.  She is the main reason for his college choice also.
 This man has been there for Kenny for the past 6 years of cross country and track his son stopped running after freshman year but Dave still comes to lots of Kenny's meets to watch him run texts him when he can't be there to see how he has done.  He even went to the states meet to cheer him on.  He is like a father to him
 These two I can't even explain they are so much like brothers and have been friends since 7th grade, Kenny has stayed on the straight and narrow and he hasn't but that doesn't mean the brotherly love these two have for each other has changed after this picture they hugged for about 5 mins and when they stopped both had tears in their eyes I don't have any clue what that conversation was.
 These two have known each other most of their lives and are like brothers also and know for a fact that will never ever change, I have 4 kids and his parents have 4 and they are all great friends with all being the same ages

 My grad having to take one more picture at home

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Busy week with Kenny

Very picture heavy post.  For some reason I don't have high honor banquet pictures on my computer or there would be more.  First off last weeks senior sports banquet.  Kenny with one of his best friends.  One of his oldest friends also.  These two boys have been thru so many years together.
 Boy's with their cross country and track coach at sports banquet
 This scholarship which is in memory of a long time track coach he received along with another close friend her mom has pictures of the two of them with their plaques for me but I haven't seen her yet
 He also received this award but should have received Athlete of the year has better record then the one that received thru out high school but the other was not getting a scholarship, Kenny was his parents give lots of money and their time to our sports boosters so it is what it is.  Records prove whom was the true athlete of the year in the school not the politics.  He even had the athletic director fighting for him to get the athlete of the year scholarship but oh well.
 Yesterday was graduation and the kids senior walk thru their elementary schools we have 4 in the district then they all met back at the jr high walked thru there as a class where they had a luncheon for them after then as a class they walked from the Jr high back to the high school which are separated by sports complex.  These were at the elementary school where I got to see my baby boy in his cap and gown.  I am still having a hard time as I have even with the two older ones.  Now that I am down to the last two it is even harder.  When this class was in 5th grade they had to spend almost a full year at another elementary due to renovations in the 4-6 grade wing of their school.  The principal from the school they were being housed in is now the principal at their elementary school.  He knew alot of the kids due to that year they were at his old school.  So many times parents and kids alike yesterday heard from teachers and staff this was always my favorite class, the school secretary told me they only had to look up a few kids in the school directory that they couldn't remember whom they were when they got their 6 grade class pictures back from being blown up to put on the doors for the kids.  This class also in 6th grade also lost their beloved head custodian to a motorcycle accident.  There was a poster put up to tell the kids they knew Mr. R was proud of the class of 2017.  After their walk thru the school they had the kids go in the cafeteria so that staff and old teachers could talk to the kids.  I think that just about every teacher had an aid or sub in their classroom since they were all with these kids.  They wanted a photo of the graduates outside, someone had to tell them they had some of them roaming the school.  They actually went with the principal to raid the school store of what ever they wanted.

Kenny and one of his very best friends since elementary They will be the best of friends thru out their lives. If they can survive college with out each other that is.
 These three were great friends in elementary always together and still very good friends now
 Kenny and his most favorite person in the elementary school the school secretary.  She let these boys do what ever they wanted in 6th grade.  Kenny spent alot of time at her house with her grandson for many years.
Forever friends

 They are more like brother and sister then anything else.  Thru out the last two years of highschool they have gone their own separate ways but always will be close and there for each other when they need
 There are always room for new friends.  This one just entered public school after home schooling for his senior year.  They became instant friends.  His graduation party was this past weekend where his father told Kenny he wished he had decided to go to high school before this past year due to the very close friends he made.
 Favorite cousins.  She calls him her favorite Deloff, he calls her so many different things.  He gets confused.  They are 3rd cousins, she works as an aid at the school is out of work right now due to foot surgery but had to be at the school for his senior walk.  She made someone hold her crutches so they wouldn't be in the picture
 These two I can't even think of where to start.  They share a cousin, they have known each other since they were babies.  The countless hours they have spent together, the friendship like no other, the video games they have spent hours upon hours playing.  The pizza rolls they have consumed together.  The hours they have spent driving their parents nuts together.  The countless videos they have made together even in the halls of the highschool between classes, tripping each other in the halls.  These two boys have stuck together thru thick and thin, and I love them both and am so proud of both of them.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Wine bottle order I thought was going to drive me insane and of course last track me

Kenny had his sectional meet last Friday night, it happened to be in the town where my mom's grandparents are buried.  My mom had not been there since her grandfather was buried 50 years ago.  This town is over an hour away from us and it is not some place that anyone ever goes near at all.  Her grandparents had a camp near this town and just decided that is where they were going to be buried. It was kind of neat to see.  My mom said that she needs to take a ride one day to go clean their head stones and put flowers since she never realized how close it actually is and makes for a nice ride.

 I am going to be lost once this kid is done with track, softball ended and now at any point Kenny with be done with high school sports.  Friday night he had sectional meet.  He ended up as league champ for 3000m steeplechase.  His coach kept telling him you will have sectional title also.  There is one team that he kept telling him we don't compete against and I kept telling him yes you do that has two faster kids doing this then him.  We get there Kenny comes up to me saying we are the last event and I am seeded 4th.  There is one of his biggest competitors that also runs this event they go back and forth in no mater what it is cross country, indoor track or outdoor track.  This kid also had just ran 2 mile and 1 mile race which Kenny choose not to even try in this year.  Since his two biggest competitors also run those races and who knows which of the three will win.  Before the start of the race he asked Kenny what his best time was and also told him he was tired and if he couldn't do it he wanted Kenny to win it.  Well needless to say I don't just have a league champ, nor a child that has destroyed the school record for this event so far by 26 seconds right now but also have a sectional champion for the steeplechase.  This coming Friday is state quails.  Can't wait to see if he can make another states run this year we are hoping.  Only picture I got his girlfriend has some but has yet to text them to me.  She will when she is here and remembers too.
 Finally I am so glad these dang bottles are done and gone out of my house.  They changed the design several times, complained about price until I lowered it.  Deal was they supply clean bottles where I just had to put the vinyl on well that didn't happen I did most of the work and these were local wine bottles and the glue was terrible on them.  Oh well done and gone now I like how they did turn out and the label is on both sides of the bottles

Friday, May 12, 2017

Replacement mug and crafting with my favorite 3 yr old

My favorite 3 year old in the world.  He is one of my good friends youngest son's, and we have been attached to each other since he was 4 months old.  He is my bugger and I am his "ma".  He will say my name when he wants has never called me it but will show you who I am when my name is said.  I had him on Tuesday and we had to make mommy something for mothers day which he did hide until she walked in the door and he had to give it right to her.  He tried to take my fingers off several times while we were cutting fabric he was just excited to cut.  We are also working on writing our name and all the D's must be colored in but that's ok.  I also took him for awhile tonight to the highschool since Kenny was helping with a modified track meet we went to watch.

 On senior night the boys gave their coach that they call dad a mug they had made for him.  A student was looking at it, it fell and broke.  Kenny told me I needed to make a replacement mug for him, this is what he wanted on it.  So that he can give it to him on Monday.  For payment of the mug and vinyl he is going to help me get more glue off of wine bottles
 All season these boys have called their coach dad plus in a few more months he will be a first time dad so they had to have it say #1 Dad on it

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Shower scrubbie wreath and of course kids

Of course these pictures didn't post the way I wanted them to.  Saturday was my baby girls and my nieces Junior prom.  So hard to believe that these two girls are already juniors in high school.  

 Not only are these two girls cousins, they are also best friends and just like sisters and love to do things together.
 debating if they should walk in the pouring rain to get their pictures done on the pier at the lake nope didn't happen
 There baby cousin had to get into the picture action with them also

 My brother sent this to me that was in the kids school newspaper on Kenny this past week.  This race I was so afraid until it was over all I could think was he was going to break a foot and that would be the end of his running.
Finally this is a shower scrubbie wreath that I made.  I am not feeling it at all.  I do plan on adding some flowers to it but those are in craft room along with glue sticks I needed so they will get put on tomorrow.  This will be for a friends daughters 14th birthday for her bedroom door in their new house

Sunday, April 30, 2017

His high school running is coming to an end soon.

It is so hard that not only is my baby boy a senior and will be done with high school in a little more then a month, then off to college in three months from now.  In just about the same amount of time his high school running career will be over.  This mom will have to now travel out of state to see him compete at the next level.  
 Just at Friday's nights meet there were kids talking about him from another team saying how fast he is and this and that.  Another kid said yea he has had D1 schools approaching him.  Yes he could compete in any Division college he chooses since he has had many school coaches and recruiters contact.  He has choose to run for a D3 school since he loves the choice of school he has made and they have the exact degree he wants.  The coach texts him daily to see how things are going.
 For cross country he finished his year ranked 3rd in the league, 14th in the section and 29th in the state.  In our state there are over 15,000 high school runners for boys I was amazed by that number.
 Not only does he run cross country, indoor and outdoor track for the Varsity team, he runs many road races with his friends during the summer and school breaks.  Summer does not mean break time for this kid he has done college running and work out schedule with his friends for a couple of years now to improve him self
 Revelry happens in any sport just in running it is more individual.  This was posted on the running site for our section said that these two would battle it out until the end of the season in cross country for that number 3 ranking as well as picture of first and second battling it out.  Not one of those top 4 spots stayed the same until the end of sectional run in October back and forth the 4 of them went.  Was the same for Kenny and two others for indoor track and right now in 3200 same for Kenny and one other.  You can find these boys talking at any given meet they are all at, like they are old friends, which is a good thing

 When your a senior in high school you don't ever want the text's this poor kid received in August, one day it is "Kenny want to know when you want to start practice"  from his coach.  Not two day's later he recieve's another text from him "Kenny, I want to be the one to tell you that I just officially retired, please know it is the adults in the program not the athletes"  Luckily he ended up with a coach that he has already been working with for both Cross Country and Track since the old coach was coach for both.  He pushes Kenny and Kenny pushes him.  Which thankfully has made the new coaches senior year easier for him since there are just more new then him

 This kid works hard puts in the time.  I have seen him finish a 5k cross the finish line, not stop and run right back on that course to cheer and motivate his team mates.  During cross country these kids brought home a invitational 1st trophy (never done before), brought home a league championship (first one in 34 years).  Kenny went to states after finishing 3rd individual at sectionals which it has been quite a few years since they have had a kid attend the state meet.
I have never been scared as I was Friday night to watch my son compete in an event.  He decided he wanted to try the 3000 meter steeple chase.  Although he is a distance runner he is not a hurdler.  I just could not believe his coaches were going to let him do this event where he could hurt himself or end his running career before getting to college.  He talked his coaches into letting him do this.  All I kept saying was your going to break your foot.  I could not even watch the first lap around the track and during the whole race my mom was sitting there saying just don't fall.  He did very well on the race a 4th place finish over all, they placed him in the faster heat, which also pushed him to do great.  He finished the race with a 10:08.92 .  Best part he did not break a foot, he did however twist his foot and it started swelling a little so the coaches would not allow him to compete in his 3200 m race so he would not be injured.  He is already state qualified for that race besides
Kenny had a reason for running this event Friday night not only did he want to try and state qualify for it which he thinks he did, if not he is the fastest at it in the section so will have no problem in state quails and going on to states.  There was a school record that needed to be beat.  I will say when Kenny goes for a school record he doe's not just beat it he decides he needs to destroy it and make sure it is his for a time to come.  He beat the school record by 23 seconds.  He had both coaches giving him times on either side of the track so he knew what he had to do they never need to tell him what to do on the track he knows and they know he knows what to do.  Just yell him his lap times and he is good.  His head coach told him he was going to make sure it was announced Monday and that it was also put on their record board on Monday.  Both coaches knew he could destroy it but still proud of him.  I am just glad he didn't break a foot during the race

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Early mothers day gifts using my cricut for the first time

Had my niece for the day yesterday well her mom was working and we decided to make mothers day gifts since I don't want to actually get the stuff done that I need to but that will be done today no if,s and's or buts about it.  It was also the first time I used my cricut these 4 thing's took us all day I know I better be able to get faster at weeding things or else the machine will go out the door.  I can't have one thing take me all day to do.  These candle holders were at a dollar store in town, our first plan was to make these on picture frames but then I seen the candle holders instead.  I think they turned out cute